Once Upon a Time… The Story of How Arty’s Getaway was Born.
I’ve been wanting to share all about how I’ve created Arty’s Getaway for a while. I wanted to start from the very beginning where a passion was born up until now, where that same passion has somehow lead me to. And all the important details in between. So, here’s the Story of How Arty’s Getaway was born.
Realizing that I don’t suck at writing…
Long before Arty’s Getaway, somewhere in the middle of my high school years (around 16/17 years old) I’ve realized that writing is something that I love doing. My high school literature classes required writing critics, essays on all the classic books and authors, and so on. The first time I’ve realized that I don’t suck at writing was when I wrote this essay portraying Victor Hugo’s magnificent Jean Valjean.
Later on, I’ve gotten interested in writing poetry and so every now and then, I would write a poem (in Macedonian) and it would made me feel just… great! Incredible. Exposed a lot, but still, just great. It’s like the words would just come out of all these different emotions, and I would just put them in the “right” order… It was something that I felt like I just had to do, I had to write. I didn’t write that frequently, tough. I could’ve, but I didn’t want to force it. I loved that feeling when I would jump out of bed in the middle of the night just to write some words down.
In search of my own space.
I’ve been already publishing some of my poems on Facebook from time to time. But I started thinking about “getting” my own space where I could express myself. Share my writings, maybe even include some more stuff. At this point I’ve gotten interested in DIY projects and started prettying up some things around the house, making new stuff, getting creative and so on. So, what’s the most appropriate space for expressing oneself? After talking with some fiends and people around, and doing some research, I’ve found that a blog would be just what I’ve been looking for.
I knew that if there’s anyone that can help me with this, that has to be Danilo. He knows these things better than anyone I know. So I called him, we met, he explained some stuff to me & I went home with a goal in my mind. One of these days I was gonna start my blog. Yay.
Arty’s Getaway No.1.
I knew from the first moment that I wanted to write in English. It was easier writing in Macedonian, of course, but I would’ve had a limited audience. So English it is. Now, what’s the name going to be? I had several ideas, but I kept coming back to this Arty thing. So, Danilo and I sat down again, this time to actually start the thing. And I still wasn’t sure of the name. Somehow, we got Arty’s Getaway. He really helped me a shit ton with all, I couldn’t be more grateful!
Anyway, my job for the upcoming period was to write and publish some posts. The more the better. Once there were enough posts, we would sat again to start coming up with solutions and goals as to monetize this.
Not all went as “planned”, tough. I couldn’t quite comprehend as to how to do this, am I serious about this, how to make my blog successful… I’ve started researching other blogs and bloggers. There were (and still are, of course) all kinds of different blogs. Fashion, Food, Health, Lifestyle, News, Entertaining… Wait, wait, lifestyle? As I started looking more into this, I’ve realized that this is something that offers lots of possibilities. If I didn’t feel like writing a poem or sharing an already written one, I would have lots of other topics to write about. The idea of a lifestyle blog offered freedom in so many ways to me. Okay that’s it.
Like I said, I couldn’t comprehend just how much of a serious approach and hard work this required in order for me to succeed. I had no idea how to include all these other topics and categories. As much as this “lifestyle genre” sounded free and full of chances, I simply couldn’t wrap my head around it. Including “Fashion” sounded like, I don’t know, not me. So, I dismissed it. I wasn’t very interested in cooking, and I didn’t even bother trying. So what good would adding a Cooking category bring? And so on. All these ideas, all thrown away. So instead of feeling free, I’ve somehow started feeling caged. In my own excuses that were good enough to not find my own ways with this.
After a few months, and several posts published, this was just one more thing on the list of things that I’ve gave up. “At least I tried.”
That one afternoon, without even realizing how much time has gone by since I’ve started the blog, I typed it and it no longer existed. So, more than a year later. This didn’t feel great at all. I was pissed at myself for not trying harder. But, what’s done is done, I thought to myself and continued with life. I wasn’t gonna start that again. Not until I was sure that I was gonna be doing it right.
I’ve already written about this MLM Insurance Company job I got before starting the blog, which has kinda made me re-think everything. Even tough I didn’t like being an Insurance agent or broker or who the hell cares what, this job was one of the best things that happened to me. It helped me completely change my mindset. The work I put in equals how successful I am. There are no shortcuts, no easy ways, nothing falls of the sky. Your parents or relatives or anyone can’t just “put in some good words” for you and suddenly you thrive. It’s all up to you and no one else but you! You can find the longer version about this job here.
Finally, Arty’s Getaway!
Well if that’s the case, I would be a moron if I don’t use what I’ve just learned and start working what I love. I love writing! Expressing. I’m not that good around people. In person. But writing, “talking” to people, to all of you, here, doesn’t seem so scary. I can write about anything I want. I can be as successful as I want to be. I can help people. In different ways. It’s… that’s it!
And it’s weird, all of a sudden everything started unfolding just perfectly. First, I did a lot of thinking. I had to make sure that this is something that I actually love and that if I’m gonna do this then I should seriously commit and rise to the challenges as they come along. The more I thought about it the more certain I was. I’m doing this!
I started preparing content. I started trying out new hobbies and stuff. Like making all sorts of greeting cards. Diy-s. Drawing. Painting. It’s not Van Gogh art, but it is something that I am creating. My photography skills have improved a lot. Basically, I started doing all the things I always found interesting, but there were all of these excuses that seemed to matter. And like I said, it all started unfolding in the perfect way. Somehow, dressing up and posing doesn’t seem to me like just-another-fashion blogger. It’s fun doing that. And the fact that I don’t know much about cooking doesn’t mean that I can’t start learning. And share that.
I used to think that creativity is something that only comes naturally. That there will be days when I’ll have no idea what to write, what to do, make, and that there’s nothing I can do about it. Now, I’ve learnt (from past mistakes, luckily) that actually the previous is not quite true. Yes, there are times when I simply can’t force creativity. But, that’s what planning is for. Now I’m trying to adopt and maintain this habit of coming up with different types of post ideas and writing content in advance and actually be prepared when I don’t feel creative enough to come up with something. I’m not saying that I’ve mastered this habit. There are still days when I’m freaking out, but I’m not giving up. I’m pushing through.
It’s been exhilarating coming up with ideas, categories, topics to write on. Learning new stuff. Continuously challenging my creativity, my persistence, discipline, determination. It can be exhausting, totally, yes. And scary. There are a lots of sacrifices, especially in the early years. But it’s worth it all. Oh yeah.
What’s your story fellow blogger? I’ll be happy to read all about it!